A year after losing out on his "dream job” as Oklahoma City Thunder sideline reporter, KWTV-9 sportscaster Toby Rowland said he is not pursuing that position, which opened up when Brent Weber’s contract was not renewed.
"I have not pursued it, and they have not contacted me,” said Rowland, who also hosts a 6 to 9:30 a.m. talk show on Norman’s KREF-AM 1400. "Obviously, that’s a great job.”
Rowland, who hosts KWTV’s "Friday Football Blitz,” apparently has more interest in another job in Norman. He declined to comment on speculation that he is the leading candidate to be the OU football radio sideline reporter. Trent Smith, a former OU tight end, decided not to return for his third season as sideline reporter.
OU athletic spokesman Kenny Mossman said the school hadn’t decided on a sideline reporter. "We’re narrowing the field,” he said.
Last year, Rowland was the leading candidate for Thunder sideline reporter, but KREF would not let him out of his contract and the Thunder would not allow him to handle both roles. Rowland said KWTV had agreed to let him out of the final three years of his TV contract.
Ken Adelson, Thunder senior vice president and executive producer, said the team hoped to have the sideline reporter position filled by the first preseason telecast Oct. 12 against Phoenix at the Ford Center.
"We have already identified a few strong candidates,” he said. "It will be a very diverse role that will go beyond doing the games. It will entail working through all platforms, including radio, Internet and some in-arena.”